Frank Biller, M.Sc., MBA | Head Coach & Director of Rowing
Frank has been at the helm of Virginia Rowing since Fall 2009. Under his guidance the Wahoo crews have won multiple ACRA National Championships, Dad Vail Golds as well as six Head of the Charles titles. Internationally, Frank has taken UVA crews to Henley Royal in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017. Several of his UVA rowers have represented the US internationally, including at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Frank has almost 30 years of experience at every level of the sport, coaching and mentoring athletes from the junior to elite levels, both in Europe and in the United States. These athletes have won medals at the world championships, as well as at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Growing up in Switzerland and traveling the rowing world, Frank has studied the different systems, styles, and cultures of today’s most successful rowing powers.
Frank also has enjoyed successful careers in banking, finance and the military. In 2004 he earned an MBA and MS from Drexel University’s LeBow Business School. Frank is also adjunct faculty at the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) in Charlottesville where he lectures in cultural development and mindfulness.
He lives in Charlottesville with his wife and son.
Alan Kush | Assistant Coach
Alan is back for another year coaching for VRA. Prior to last year’s return to Charlottesville, he was out in San Fransisco and coached Oakland Strokes’ Varsity Men from 2014-2017. Prior to Strokes, Alan was the UC Berkeley Women’s Rowing team rigger and assistant boathouse manager.
Before migrating west from Virginia, Alan served as Head Coach for the University of Virginia Club Women’s program in 2012 and Assistant Coach for the University of Virginia Men’s Rowing program from 2010 to 2012. In 2012 and 2018 he was an assistant coach for the Under 23 National Team, where he managed the Men’s 1x and lightweight 1x rowers from selection through the championship regatta.
Alan began rowing in 2007 for the University of Virginia and rowed for four years for the team. In 2011 Alan was a member of the UVA Men’s Varsity 8+ ACRA National Champions, continuing with that team to row at the Henley Royal Regatta where they made it through to the Temple Challenge Cup semi-final. Alan graduated from UVA in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering with minors in Business and Physics. After graduation he continued to row through 2014 with the California Rowing Club.
Sarah Healy | Development and Operations
Sarah is returning for her fourth year with Virginia Rowing. She entered the sport as a coxswain for Mobjack Rowing in 2007. After relocating to C’Ville during high school she help found the Western Albemarle High School program and worked with Rivanna Rowing and our very our Wahoo Rowing Camp during the summers.
She coxed throughout college for the men at the University of Mary Washington where she studied business. Sarah joined us after graduation in 2015.
Since the 50th anniversary of Virginia Rowing (2017), Sarah is working to preserve VRA memories. Please reach out to her if you have anything to share from your experience with the team—photos, stories (both written and verbal anecdotes), programs, rowing memorabilia, and anything you may think of as “old rowing junk” is most appreciated as she works to piece together the most comprehensive history of the program as possible. All original items CAN be scanned and then returned if you don’t want to part with them quite yet. You can find her contact information here.
Nick D’Imperio | Assistant Coach
Nick returns for his second year with Virginia Rowing. Before coming to C’Ville he spent three years coaching and working in the Midwest. Two of those years he worked as a graduate assistant coach for Oklahoma City University, while earning a master’s in Leadership and Management. While at OCU, Nick was part of a team that earned a few firsts for the program; winning bronze medals at SIRAs both years, finishing with a victory and then as runners-up at the Western Sprints Championships in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and earned back-to-back bids to the IRA championship Regatta.
Nick began his rowing career in Philadelphia at Monsignor Bonner High School in Philadelphia. After graduating from Bonner, he rowed for four years at Penn State. Highlights including a bronze medal at ACRAs in the Lightweight Varsity 4+ in 2010 and racing in the grand finals of the same event in 2012. During his senior year Nick served as a team captain, coached the Penn AC summer junior program in 2013, and coached both the men’s and women’s novice squads while finishing his undergraduate in mining engineering as a fifth year senior. After graduating Penn State in 2014, Nick participated in a cross country cycling trip with the charity organization Bike & Build, riding from Providence, Rhode Island to Half Moon Bay, California.
In addition to working with VRA, Nick coaches the Rivanna Rowing Club.